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Running Old Software

Yesterday, 03:57 PM

Posted by raymac46 in All Things Windows
My neighbor across the street asked me to help out with a software issue today.
He was running a program called Simply Accounting and it wouldn't work any more. Why an 85 year old retiree needs to keep his personal finance records on an accounting program is beyond me - but I digress.
Turns out his copy was from 2011 and when he got it the user ran a standalone program on one's local PC. The company has been sold and now it's mostly a cloud based software as a service product. Probably the standalone program has been patched many times. I think there is an up to date standalone version still available.
He had a few glitches so he uninstalled and reinstalled the software, putting him right back to 2011. The program uses a MySQL database and immediately the program informed him that the database format was now incompatible. His data is apparently toast.
I thought maybe we could run a system restore but the only restore point was 9:30 AM today and he couldn't say for sure that he had removed and reinstalled after that time. So I didn't want to chance it.
I advised him to take his laptop to the local computer store. They are pretty literate and maybe if he buys or installs the latest version of the software it'll be able to import his data. Failing that maybe they can parse the database and get a report so he can re-key his numbers.
Why people insist on running obsolete software I'll never understand. But this was one problem I didn't want to try to fix.

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If you're going to lose a laptop, better it be a Chromebook

Yesterday, 12:00 PM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

I lost my laptop computer yesterday. I was on a long bus ride that became even longer due to traffic. I was a bit off to begin with, having gotten up earlier than usual for the trip. By the time I got off the bus, my brain was mush.

I was sitting by the window. The Chromebook that I had been using to do some writing was next to me, propped up between my seat and the wall of the bus. The Chromebook was very small (an Asus Flip with a 10.1 inch screen), tucked away in a black sleeve, virtually hidden against the wall.

The good news is that whoever found it will not be able to access any of the files on the machine. Unlike Windows and Mac laptops, there is no easy hack around the required password to access a Chromebook. As additional protection, the files stored on the computer are encrypted automatically by the operating system. The only thing the thief who stole the Chromebook can do with it is reset it to a virgin state.

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16 essential iOS typing tips for iPad and iPhone

Yesterday, 10:03 AM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

How much time do you spend typing on your iPad or iPhone? I imagine you spend quite a lot of your time doing just that—so here are 16 tips I’ve picked up along the way that show you how to type in iOS.

Quick currency

When you want to type another currency symbol, just press and hold the dollar key and you’ll see a bunch of alternatives you can select.

Secret keys

That press and hold tip works on any character on your keyboard. Try it. In many cases, you’ll see that when you do this, you’ll yield a host of useful characters that don’t appear on screen.


Everyone should know that when you double-tap the Shift key you automatically enable Caps Lock.

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